March Writing Prompt

tattooYou’re on vacation in a foreign place and you’re enjoying a lazy afternoon sunbathing at the hotel pool. A stranger approaches and takes the lounge chair next to yours. You notice he has a tattoo on his side. The markings are strange to you. Like letters you’ve never been before. A foreign alphabet maybe. You realize you’re staring and go back to minding your own business.

But you can let it go.

Finally, you turn to the stranger and introduce yourself. He smiles and shakes your hand. Then you ask him the meaning of his tattoo. His face changes. His smile is gone and he becomes very serious. You immediately feel like you’ve made a terrible mistake by asking.

Finally, he opens his mouth to speak.

What does he tell you?


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